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Division of Substance Abuse Services

Office of Criminal Justice Services

The Office of Criminal Justice Services provides funding to agencies across the entire state of Tennessee to provide services to individuals involved in the Criminal Justice System. The Director of the Office of Criminal Justice Services is Ellen Abbott, (615) 253-7837 or ellen.l.abbott@tn.gov. Below is a list of current funding sources through the Office of Criminal Justice Services and contact information for each:
 
The Criminal Justice/Behavioral Health Liaison Program (CJ/BH LP)

This program is a community project to facilitate communication and coordination among the community, criminal justice, and the behavioral health systems to achieve common goals of decriminalizing mental illnesses, co-occurring disorders (COD) and substance abuse disorders; to support the establishment of services that would promote diversion activities for persons with serious mental illness (SMI), mental illness (MI), COD or substance abuse disorders who come in contact with the criminal justice system due to an arrest; and provide liaison and case management services to adults with SMI, MI, COD or substance abuse disorders who are incarcerated or at risk of incarceration and who would benefit from referral and linkage to behavioral health, and other recovery and supportive services. For further information or questions please contact Ellen Abbott with the Office of Criminal Justice Services at (615) 253-7837 or ellen.l.abbott@tn.gov.
 
Tennessee Certified Drug Court Program

This program is funded with state appropriations and drug court fees. The drug courts are specialized courts or court calendars that incorporate intensive judicial supervision; treatment services; sanctions; and incentives to address the needs of addicted non- violent offenders. The target population is juvenile and adult male or female offenders who meet the criteria of the Drug Court Program and voluntarily want to participate in the Drug Court Program. Each drug court has a team that is composed of the Judge; Prosecutor; Defense Attorney; Drug Court Coordinator; Probation Officer; Treatment Providers; and other program staff who all work in concert to ensure that defendants have the support of the justice system and access to treatment services that will address their substance abuse problems and needs. Every drug court receiving state funding must follow the Ten Key Components for Drug Courts adopted by the Bureau of Justice, Justice Assistance Programs and receive certification from Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. For further information or questions please contact Liz Ledbetter with the Office of Criminal Justice Services at (615) 532-3411 or liz.ledbetter@tn.gov.

Driving Under the Influence (DUI) School Program

This intervention program, licensed through the State of Tennessee, provides assessment, education and, if indicated, appropriate treatment referral, for offenders of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or other drugs. The DUI Schools use the Prime for Life curriculum which is the State of Tennessee's mandated DUI education program approved by the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. The Prime for Life curriculum has been recognized by SAMHSA's National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP). The curriculum was established by the Prevention Research Institute, a non-profit organization, designed to minimize the occurrences of drug and alcohol related incidents. The core focus is on improving attitudes of the student and creating a positive outlook to decrease dependency by using the latest research on brain chemistry and addiction. The curriculum provides a minimum of 12 hours of education using a user-friendly instruction manual to classes of no more than 25 students. DUI Schools are established throughout the State of Tennessee. For further information or questions please contact Ellen Abbott with the Office of Criminal Justice Services at (615) 253-7837 or ellen.l.abbott@tn.gov.

Community Treatment Collaborative (CTC) Program

This program is funded through an interagency agreement between the Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC) and the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. The CTC program is a collaborative effort to divert at risk probation and parole technical violators with substance abuse and co-occurring disorders from returning to state prison. This program requires a collaborative treatment approach which engages service recipient, provider, TDOC staff and other supports. The CTC program provides a full continuum of care including Detox, Residential Rehabilitation, Halfway House and Outpatient services. For further information or questions please contact David Linens with the Office of Criminal Justice Services at (615) 253-5313 or david.w.linens@tn.gov.

Alcohol and Drug Addiction Treatment (ADAT) Program

This program is designed to pay for court-ordered alcohol and drug treatment services for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) offenders who, based on a current conviction, are ordered to treatment and deemed indigent by the court. ADAT will pay for approved individuals to undergo an alcohol and drug assessment and receive appropriate treatment. Therefore, once a client is approved, ADAT will cover treatment services throughout the client's treatment episode. The ADAT program provides a full continuum of care including Residential Rehabilitation, Halfway House and Outpatient services. For further information or questions please contact Ben Yarbrough with the Office of Criminal Justice Services at (615) 770-0431 or ben.yarbrough@tn.gov.

Supervised Probation Offender Treatment (SPOT) Program

This program is designed to pay for court-ordered alcohol and drug treatment services for an individual with a current non-violent misdemeanor conviction or a non-violent felony conviction where the offender is sentenced to supervised probation and has past criminal history caused by drug use and/or addiction; or a violation of the Tennessee Drug Control Act and a current non-violent criminal conviction where the offender is sentenced to supervised probation. If the individual who is sentenced to supervised probation and/or court-ordered to undergo an alcohol and drug assessment, treatment, or both is determined to be indigent, the expense or some portion of the expense may be paid from the SPOT funds. The SPOT program provides a full continuum of care including Residential Rehabilitation, Halfway House and Outpatient services. The SPOT program also covers some Recovery services. For further information or questions please contact Ben Yarbrough with the Office of Criminal Justice Services at (615) 770-0431 or ben.yarbrough@tn.gov.

Treatment Provider Application Process for CTC, ADAT, or SPOT Funding

If you are interested in becoming a treatment provider with the CTC, ADAT, and/or SPOT Programs you must first have a State of Tennessee facility license from the Office of Licensure to provide the level of care you are applying. The facility must be in operation and providing treatment services for at least one year. The facility must also have a registered Edison number with the Office of Finance and Administration. Once you have met these requirements you may contact the appropriate staff and request an application for submission. Submission of your application does not guarantee your acceptance into the provider network. Provider selection is based on geographic location, available funding, and need for specific levels of care.

 

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